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>> glor: tonight as greece votes, world markets watch. supporters of the bailout and the euro are sure to have the early lead. clarissa ward is in athens. rodney king dead at 47. lee cowan looks back at a life scarred by an infamous police beating. electric cars stalled. sheryl attkisson examines one nettery maker mired in debt despite millions of federal stimulus money. ♪ and sacred soloist, charlie d'agata introduces us to the franciscan friar with a big time recording contract. captioning sponsored by cbs ored this is the "cbs evening news"
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with scott pelley. >> glor: good evening, everyone, i'm jeff glor, in greece tonight ose pro bailout parties have won the most votes. ich while it was hardly a landslide it appears that requive bailout package which now totals 456 billion dollars and requires deep spending cuts will stand. the white house stays it's hoping for the quick formation of a new coalition government. clarissa ward is in athens. >> reporter: this was greece's second election in two months and it really was right down to the wire. but now the pro european center right new democracy party is declaring victory. among new democracy supporters there were scenes of celebration and sighs of relief. >> this is a victory for all europe. >> reporter: for many that is what this election was all about. the fear that a victory for anti-austerity left wing party
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syriza which promised to tear up the european bailout agreement would throw the future into question. >> the katopis are new democracy supporters. george ones runs a medical supplies business and their daughters are college students. >> basically i'm voting for new democracy because i believe new dim october see will help greece remain in the eurozone. >> reporter: at the same time they said that europe needs to do much more and demand much less to help greece through its crisis. >> europe is trying to create now the united states of europe. and if they want to do that, they have to look at the poor states like greece, like new york is looking after virginia. >> reporter: but it will be a long time before greece starts to feel some relief. two years of punishing austerity measures have left this country's economy in tatters. do you ever worry about looking at your daughters and what kind of a future they'll have here?
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>> very much. um... it's a little upsetting, that's why i'm emotional about this. >> it's difficult for the young kids. the unemployment's close to 50%. >> reporter: new democracy leaders wont have much time to celebrate though. tomorrow they must begin the arduous process of trying to form a coalition government. after the last election they were unable to do that but now with greece running out of money, there's a real sense of urgency that this needs to get done and it needs to get done quickly. >> glor: clarissa ward in athens, thank you. developments in greece are being watched closely by president obama and other world leaders gathering in los cabos mexico for the g-20 summits. norah o'donnell has just arrived. she joins us now.
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norah, we know what happened in greece. what is the white house expecting from this summit? >> reporter: well, jeff, white house officials are trying to downplay expectations for any surprise solution to come out of this meeting from leaders of the 20 most powerful economies in the world. what they hope, instead s that this sum sit a catalyst for action, for a meeting that's in your two weeks from now. the obama administration has said this eurozone crisis is a european problem and that they have the capacity to solve it. but behind the scenes, they are deeply worried. we've learned the treasury secretary tim geithner is spending a majority of his time on this now. the real worry is if the lack of action slows economic growth and imperil president obama's hopes for a second term. >> glor: norah o'donnell, thank you. on face the nation today republican mitt romney came out against any government financial support for europe during an interview with bob schieffer. >> what if this whole thing falls in europe. what should we be doing here. should we become involved. what do we do?
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>> we're not going to send checks to europe. we're not going to bail out the european banks. i certainly don't believe that we should expose our national balance sheet to the vagaries of what's going to be happening in europe. europe is capable of dealing with their banking crisis if they choose to do so. >> glor: romney campaigned in ohio today, the third of six states in his first bus trip since clinching the republican presidential nomination. he's traveling mostly through small towns in rural areas focus on the economy. during that interview romney repeated that he would not raise taxes by even one dollar. even if there were $10 in federal spending cuts. he also criticized president obama's decision on friday to let young undocumented immigrants stay in the u.s. but romney did not say whether he would repeal that. >> i'm looking to bring tax rates down for everyone. and also to make sure that we stimulate growth by doing so and jobs. for me this is all about creating good jobs. >> but people at the top would be paying the same, basically at the same share.
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>> yeah, i would be looking for... i think it is important to say look, i'm not looking to reduce the burden paid by the wealthiest. i'm looking to keep the burden paid by the wealthiest as the same share as it is today. >> the president said friday the government will no longer seek to deport $800,000 of these, the young, illegal immigrants who were brought into this country by their parents. would you repeal this order if you became president? >> there needs to be a long-term solution so they know what their status is. and i've said, for instance, that those who serve in the military i would give permanent residence too. >> sure. would you leave this in place while you worked out a long-term solution or would you just repeal it. >> we'll look at that setting as we reach that. what the president did, he should have worked on this years ago, if he felt seriously about this, he should have taken action when he had a democrat house in senate. but he didn't.
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>> glor: obama's senior campaign advisor david axelrod was quick to respond to the romney interview today in a tweet. axelrod said mitt finally does "face the nation," judging from evasive vacuous answers next stop should be dancing with the stars. egyptians tonight are waiting to learn the name of their first fromly elected president since hosni mubarak was ousted from power. as allen pizzey reports from cairo, the arab world's most populist nation is choosing between two political extremes. >> reporter: what should have been the culmination of one of the most improbable revolutions in the middle east has turn mood a joyless exercise in the mechanics of democracy. the turnout is expected to be exceptionally low, not least because the choice for voters was stark and for many unsettling. only days ago egypt's supreme court dissolved parliament. that means the military which has effectively pulled the political strings in egypt for decade will write the new constitution. and thus dictate how much
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power the president wields. islamist candidate mohammed morsi tried to position himself as a champion of the revolution. but many fear his party wants to create an islamic state. there absolutely no room for the enemies of the country, he said. there is absolutely no room for mubarak's aid. rival candidate shafiq was mubarak's last prime minister and left no doubt he represents the old guard. for voter khalid hegazy it was better than the old days of no choice. >> still a lot has to be done. it is a long journey. we have to start, and we have to continue. >> reporter: many of the youth who fought the revolution in tahrir square called for a boycott. >> our problem is not the candidate, the whole process, we have new hope to move one step forward to democracy. >> reporter: there were some imaginative results.
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this ballot paper carries the boycott sticker null and void. another voter wrote no offense but the voice of conscience hurts. this one obviously wishes he could have batman rather than the choices on offer. ballot counting has already begun and a surprise development 20 minutes after the polls closed the military council announced that it has already decided what the constitutional powers of the president will be. those powers will be announced tomorrow. jeff. >> glor: allen pizzey, thank you. a day after violence forced u.n. observers to suspend operations in syria, the head of the commission today demanded that women, children and the injured be allowed out of combat zones. there seems to be no escape from the shelling in homs, activists are a caution government troops of intensifying their attack, at least 11 people were killed across syria today. another sunday and more attacks targeting christians in nigeria. today suicide bombers attacked three churches filled with worshippers in a northern state. at least 21 people were killed in the blasts. 100 others were injured. a radical islamist sect known as boko harral has killed at least 560 nigerian christians so far this year.
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others, some of it of his own making. he was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool early this morning by his fiancee. >> it appears that this is a drowning. and there were no obvious signs of foul play. >> reporter: king's beating by l.a. police officers captured on camera in march of 1991 became a symbol of racial tension when the white officers were acquitted of using excessive force, los angeles exploded in one of the worst urban riots in decades killing more than 50 people, and causing a billion dollars in damage. even king himself famously pleaded for calm. >> i just want to say, you know, can we all... can we all get along. >> reporter: he was both physically and mentally scarred from the incident. and eventually won a multi million dollar settlement. but his troubled life continued.
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in thiers that fold, king was arrested repeatedly, for everything from drunk driving to spousal abuse. in his memoir released just two months ago, king wrote of his demons, how he was still struggling with alcohol abuse, but he insists that he had made peace with the past. >> you know, people have forgiven me for some things that i've done. and you know, and so i wouldn't be able to live with myself if i wasn't able to forgive, you know, the officers. >> reporter: he was a father, a grandfather, and soon to be a husband again. rodney king may have tried to get his life back on track, but he never truly succeeded. lee cowan, cbs news, los angeles. >> glor: hot and windy weather made for a tough day for fire crews in the west. major fires are burning in arizona, new mexico and colorado the huge high creek fire west of fort colin, colorado, is now the worst fire in state history. it's destroyed at least 181 homes. officials say the blaze has blackened 86 square miles is now
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45% contained. the search for four japanese climbers in alaska was permanently suspended today. the national park service says the men likely survived the avalanche on mount mckinley but were killed when a snow slide pushed them into a crevasse more than 100 feet deep. a fifth member survived wednesday's avalanche. the man wanted in a deadly armored car heist in western canada has been arrested at gunpoint by u.s. border officials in washington state. police say that travis baumgartner was carrying $330,000 and had no passport. he was the fifth member of the armored cars crew. they were reloading bank machines near the university of alberta friday when police say baumgartner gunned down his fellow guards killing three of them. ahead, is a government-backed electric car battery maker running out of gas. that story is next. ac disease. osteoporosis-related bone fractures and low magnesium levels have been seen with nexium. possible side effects include headache, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. other serious stomach conditions may still exist.
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lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles but has that money been well spent? with one company's story, here's sheryl attkisson. >> reporter: this week electric car battery maker a123 systems announced a breakthrough. the next generation electric car battery better as extreme temperatures, cheaper. the company desperately the good news with two battery recalls, slow demand and layoffs. the road wasn't always so bumpy when president obama announced $90 billion stimulus tax dollar dollars for green energy, a123 stepped up for a slice of the pie it spent $1 million lobbying congress and federal agencies and won $249 million stimulus dollars. when an a123 plant opened in michigan in 2010 the company even got a call from the president. >> i am calling to congratulate a123 systems on this tremendous milestone. >> having this job means everything to me.
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>> reporter: the plant meant jobs for people like annette herera who had been out of work for three years. >> it was really hard. >> reporter: she was among a thousand workers who landed jobs with a123. cbs news spoke to c.e.o. david vieau last fall. >> approximately half the people were unemployed so we put people back to work. >> reporter: but one month after that interview, a123 laid off 125 employees. then the luxury electric car fisker karma failed in a consumer reports test it was powered by a faulty a123 battery. >> it is low, it is sleek it is sensuous, it's also broken. >> reporter: a123 was forced to launch an expensive recall, its second in four months. with 621 million dollars in net losses skins 2009, the company disclosed an s.f.e.c. filing last month that there was substantial doubt about its ability to continue. a123 has declined further interview requests. as for that battery breakthrough
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announced this week, many analysts seemed underwhelmed. >> these new technologies that are introduced have to be vetted over a number of years before they actually find their way into products. and so the product itself is interesting but doesn't do anything to solve the financial problems that a123 has. >> reporter: a123 isn't giving up. it still has more than 100 million federal stimulus tax dollars left to spend. last week the company said it would hire 400 workers not to build batteries for electric cars but for power grids. sheryl attkisson, cbs news, washington. >> glor: just ahead, heavenly harmonies. ♪ [ female announcer ] neosporin® plus pain relief starts relieving pain faster and kills more types of infectious bacteria. neosporin® plus pain relief. for a two dollar coupon, visit neosporin® plus pain relief. sleep in my contacts. relax...
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>> reporter: friar alessandro brustenghi may have taken a vow of poverty but never a vow of silence. we caught up with the friar after he signed a record deal in london. are you able to share with us? >> okay. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> reporter: beautiful. bravo. >> thank you. >> reporter: until recently the friars only audience had been the faithful at his church, including pope benedict, the basilica in italy is where st. francis of assisi founded his franciscan movement 800 years ago. a friend suggested he audition for record execs.
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turn its out, friars got talent. first time the 34-year-old ever boarded a plane was to record at london's famous abbey road studios last year. although he may have lead something of a sheltered life, he drew early inspiration from an unlikely source ♪ the way you make me feel ♪ ♪ >> reporter: when you were younger did you try to sing like michael jackson. >> yeah, i danced. >> reporter: you danced. >> i was able when was a youngster to do moon walk. ( laughs ) >> reporter: but moon walking doesn't figure into the friar's act. he says he's definitely not in it for the fame. you know, you may have a lot of fans now. people may come to hear you. >> maybe. >> reporter: it's true. >> i am a bit shy.
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>> reporter: you're a bit shy? >> yes, really. >> reporter: he gets over his shyness the way many performers do. he goes to another place. what do you think about when you sing? >> it's a moment when i feel a direct line with god. it's a moment of heaven. >> reporter: a moment of heaven. >> yes. >> reporter: and as its friar has taken a vow of poverty, any profits from sales will go to another place too, charity. charlie d'agata, cbs news, london. >> glor: that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. i'm jeff glor, cbs news it new york. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh captioned by media access group at wgbh
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is fitted to a beating of fans of police shocked the nation new details of the unexpected death of rodney king. violent crime is falling in many bay area cities some people are skeptical. violent crime is falling in many bay area cities some people are skeptical. it took several days a lea visit: